Roger Mariano, presenter of the programme "Roger in Action" on the privately-owned radio station DZJC-Akyson, was gunned down on 31 July in San Nicola (in the eastern province of Ilicos).
Mariano’s bullet-riddled body was found alongside a national highway in San Nicola. He had been shot ten times by unidentified killers. He used to tackle many sensitive issues in his programme. In particular, he had accused the local authorities of abuses in the way they cracked down on an illegal form of gambling known as jueteng.